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Northamptonshire Analysis
The authority on Northamptonshire statistics

Northamptonshire Demography

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Population IconNorthamptonshire has an estimated population of 733,128 people.

(Office for National Statistics Mid-Year Estimates 2016).



Since 2011, the county’s population growth has increased at a greater rate than across England as a whole (6.0% v. 4.3% nationally).



A fifth of the county’s population are children aged 0-15 years (20.2%; 147,976 persons).  This is a greater proportion than across England as a whole (19.1%).     (ONS MYEs 2016).


53,688 residents are older people aged 75 and over. This age group has grown from 6.9% of the population at the time of the 2011 Census, to 7.3% in 2016.  This is a lower proportion than the England average (8.1%).

(ONS MYEs 2016).



The average age of a resident of Northamptonshire is 39.5 years.

(Calculation from ONS MYEs 2014).



The life expectancy at birth is 79.4 years for males and 83.0 years for females.

(Office for National Statistics 2014-16 life expectancy data).



In 2016, there were  9,113  live births to mothers resident in the county. Northamptonshire’s general fertility rate for 2016 is higher than the national average (67.5 in the county against 62.5 across England as a whole).

(Office for National Statistics live births data).



At the time of the 2011 Census, 14.3% of the population of Northamptonshire stated they were of a ‘non-White British’ ethnicity.


In the year to end of September 2017, 13,288 overseas nationals newly resident in the county were allocated National Insurance Numbers (NINos).

(Department for Work & Pensions statistics).



Nearly 60% of the county’s population declare themselves to be Christian.  A further 29% say they have no religion. (Census 2011)



16.3% of Northamptonshire’s residents live in areas considered 'deprived'* according to the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). There are proportionately more children in deprived areas than non-deprived areas.

*falling within the top 20% most deprived LSOA small area geographies in England.

(IMD 2015, Department for Communities & Local Government combined with small area mid year estimates 2016 from the Office for National Statistics).



In 2011, 24.1% of the population of Northamptonshire aged 16+ were qualified to degree level or above.  A further 22.3% had no qualifications.   (Census 2011)


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